Planning a wedding during a global pandemic isn’t fun and is incredibly stressful, but when so much is taken out of your control, the only thing you can do is roll with it…and that’s exactly what Lauren and Stuart did! They were a dream to work with, always understanding and with a positive out look on things, besides, it meant they had not one, but two wedding days!!
“From 21 March 2020 up until the end of July 2020 we were in limbo. We had no idea if the wedding would go ahead” “It’s just the unknown that’s so hard to contend with. When it got to five weeks before the wedding date we decided with Lara that not much was going to change and we should postpone it to 2021.”
“However, after telling all our guests it turned out that our parents, siblings and closest family were still planning on going to Cornwall for a holiday as they had the accommodation booked, as were we, so we decided to just get married anyway.” “We contacted Lara and organised our ceremony on the original date with just 25 guests”
Their ceremony on their original date in 2020, was just beautiful, I’m not ashamed to admit that I stood at the back of their ceremony and cried! Not only was it the first ceremony that we had held in over 9 months, but seeing two people who had moved heaven and earth to say their vows and make it official, was amazing to see! I can’t tell you how lovely Lauren and Stuart were throughout the whole process too! They knew how hard things were for us on this side, with the on going postponements and lack of information and support from the Government, but their kindness and understanding meant the world! I even came into the office one day to find a hamper that they had sent full of treats! So when they finally said “I do” we popped the fizz and celebrated with them before they headed off for photos with their family!
Sooooo, roll on 2021 and it was time for the for the main celebration and their big day with all their friends and family and this time, there were no restrictions! Woohooo!!
As Lauren & Stu were already legally married, when it came to their 2021 day, they ripped up the rule book and did everything their way! Both Bride and Groom stayed in the house the night before and the Bride did a “First Look” reveal, before they both walked down the Aisle together! It was just perfectly them!
Brompton Buds decorated the Mill Barn with a simple greenery arch and dried pampas grass at the top of the aisle. The Cornish Celebrants conducted their ceremony and included so many special and personal touches. In that room you could feel just how much this moment meant to everyone there.
As everyone made their way outside after the ceremony, the sun finally made it’s appearance and guests enjoyed canapés, Pimms, beers and acoustic music after they showered the happy couple with confetti!
As guests took their seats for the meal, Lauren and Stu went off for some photos together…..
..and after the more traditional ones, they decided to shake things up with some smoke bombs and what followed was one of the funniest moments of last year! After finally working out how to open the flares, the wind decided to take over and cause a bit of chaos, so we decided to change tack and co-coordinator Maddie and I set them off around the couple…only as we opened the flares and ran away, I burnt my hand and some of my hair in the process! We all wet ourselves laughing at just how ridiculous we all looked and the result…some very real photos and some amazing memories!!
The Reception Barn had been decorated the day before and Lauren (I would say and Stu as well, but he said it was all Lauren!) had thought of everything! There were also a couple of last min changes with the decor, but after the past couple of years with plans changing, it was all sorted without stress. The two huge peacock chairs they had hired were a lot bigger than they had planned, so they had a table of two instead of a top table and were able to watch out over all their guests enjoying the meal just the two of them!
Once the happy couple were announced in, they both gave a speech, before Beautiful and the Feast served up a fantastic…feast!
As we turned the room around so their DJ could set up, guests milled outside and in the bar, as Lauren and Stu, took a stroll around the grounds.
Once the happy couple had cut their … doughnuts! Yes doughnuts! They hit the dance floor for their first dance! The choreographed danced didn’t quite go to plan, but that didn’t stop Stuart helping Lauren back up and finishing with a bang!! Lauren and Stuart embodied the idea of not taking yourself too seriously. As Chumbawamba once said “You get knocked down, but you get up again!”
As the confetti canons went off, everyone joined the couple and partied the night away!!
A few words from our happy Couple– We aren’t from Cornwall, but have loved it for a long time and knew as soon as we got engaged that we wanted to marry there. We live a 6 hour drive away in Essex so when we came to look at Wedding venues we saw 10 in a week. Some we had really high hopes for and others, including Launcells, were ones that we had seen online and though we may as well check out whilst down there.
Launcells looked lovely online and we were excited to go visit but it wasn’t on our definitely list (for some strange reason) – but when we got there it just won us over. The pictures, as beautiful as they are, just don’t do it justice. We can’t quite put our finger on it, but Launcells is just magic, it had our hearts from our first visit. We got back in the car afterwards and both said – WOW – that was incredible. For the rest of our trip, going to the venues we had our hearts set on just didn’t measure up, we found ourselves comparing every other venue to Launcells.
The atmosphere is warm and homely whilst also being luxurious and honestly just everything you could ever want from a Wedding venue. Everyone we dealt with were just SO kind and helpful, during what was an awful time for everyone.
The day we actually got married in 2020 with just a few family and friends was so wonderful, we hired the venue for just 2 hours so that we could have the ceremony and some bubbles & photos afterwards and somehow in that very short window of time Lara made it so special for us. There was no décor, no flowers, no ‘fluff’ but we realised you don’t need it in such a gorgeous setting. After that we were just super excited to have our ‘Big’ day there the following year with the rest of our family and friends. And when we finally got to experience Launcells how Lara & Matt intended it, it was just amazing. All the little touches in the house made such a difference and brought it up to another level entirely.
BEST WEDDING VENUE EVER! We love you guys 😊 Lauren & Stu xx
Lauren and Stu, it was an absolute pleasure having you with us! It was a true joy seeing you get married not once, but twice and the compassion and care that you showed everyone throughout all the changes and postponements meant the world to us all! When your big celebration finally came around, it felt like being with friends! We hope to see you again soon now you’ve made the move down here, best of luck with your next adventure!!
Photography – Oli McGivern
Flowers- Brompton Buds
Catering- Beautiful and the Feast
Hire items- Keeping it Vintage
Acoustic Set- Mike Fox
DJ- John Green
Hair & Make Up- Ione
Celebrants- Cornish Celebrants